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Deep Summer returns

The cutthroat contest challenges pro photographers to capture the best mountain bike photos in only three days



The Deep Summer Photo Challenge returns to Crankworx this year for its sixth installation.

The annual competition pits six pro photographers against each other to see who can capture the best mountain bike images in the Sea to Sky Corridor and around the Whistler Bike Park in three days. The results will be presented in a slideshow at Whistler Olympic Plaza under the stars Aug. 14.

Pique takes a look at the contenders.

Harookz (Haruki Noguchi)

This B.C.-based photographer got his start borrowing his mom's point-and-shoot camera and toting it along on his action sports adventures.

This is his second shot at Deep Summer glory, so he knows what to expect. "I enjoy striving for challenging experiences," he says. "It's physically demanding and mentally exhausting to pin it for three full days straight with minimum sleep, but the feeling of accomplishing such a task is sublime."

If he wins first place — and the $5,000 that comes with it — he says he'll be right back on the mountain ready for more fun. "I'd be amped to take my team on a riding adventure and shoot more photos!"

Scott Markewitz

Lauded as one of the most influential outdoor photographers around, Markewitz's images have appeared in ad campaigns for every company from Salomon to J Crew to Red Bull and Oakley. He's also had photos grace the covers of over 400 magazines. He splits his time between Salt Lake City, Utah and Provence, France shooting photos and skiing, mountain biking and trail running. Dubbed one of the World's Greatest Adventure Photographers by Men's Journal, Markewitz ups the ante in the Deep Summer competition.

Duncan Philpott

This 21-year-old U.K. photographer might be a burgeoning talent, but he already fought his way through one round of competitions to earn a spot in Deep Summer.

He won over fans and votes online to sweep the Pinkbike Wildcard contest, making him the sixth photographer in the Crankworx contest. "There were hundreds of brilliant photographers who entered the Wildcard contest, so making it through to the final six then going on to win was unreal," he says.

He's young, but Philpott says he's been taking photos for nearly eight years. "I got into photography when I was 13," he says. "Injuring my foot on a family holiday meant I had to sit by the pool and couldn't join in. With nothing to do my uncle was kind enough to lend me a stack of magazines ranging from things I probably shouldn't have seen at that age to some travel and photography mags. I settled on a photography magazine and got hooked."

He's been shooting ever since. It wasn't until he started university in Sheffield, though, that he pointed his camera towards mountain bikes. He counts having a cover photo in Dirt magazine among his career highlights.